How to see the stunning view of Budapest from the Fishermen’s Bastion for free

One of the most famous monuments in Budapest  is the Fisherman’s Bastion, which is located in the Buda Castle area. The unrivalled panorama that can be seen from the terraces of the Bastion is a must for tourists visiting our city.

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Sunset from Fisherman’s Bastion, Photo: my cousin Mészöly Nóra

The Fisherman’s Bastion with its 140 meter long main facade runs parallell to the Danube. The site was built at the old city walls of Buda between 1895 and 1902 in neo-Romanesque style. The stone towers symbolize the leaders of the seven Hungarian conquerors.  In my point of view and according to many, this particular monument looks older than it actually is.

Its name refers to the fact that during the Middle Ages this part of the town wall was protected by fishermen.

Since 1987 it belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage sites as part of the Castle District of Buda.

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Fisherman's Bastion Photo: Virag

One of the Towers of Fisherman’s Bastion
Photo: Virag

If you would like to view the city from the upper part of this unique building, there is an entrance fee to pay. Full price is 700 HUF (around 2,3 EUR).  Students with a student ID card and senior citizens from European Union get a 50% discount.

If you have a Budapest Card you will get a small discount, so the full-price ticket will cost 630 HUF (around 2,1 EUR).

If you are on a tight budget, I suggest you take the stairs on the northern most point of the bastion. As there is a bar, they don’t ask for an entrance fee there and you can enjoy the  view and take your photos for free.

 

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About the authors: Virág and János

Virág, a native of Budapest, and János, who’s been living in the city since 1999 are real fans of the capital of Hungary and try to awake the enthusiasm of others. They are dedicated to helping tourists to make most out of their stay.

Here you can read more about them: http://katonaapartments.hu/

A Natural Formation Transformed into a Hospital – Hospital in the Rock

Most tourists visiting Budapest don’t know about the cave system that streches under the Buda Castle District. A part of this unique natural formation was converted into a hospital in the 1930s and was used both during the 2nd World War and the Hungarian uprising in 1956. I imagine that most Hungarians have never heard of this mysterious place either. I too, was one of them.

This is surprising, as being a native of Budapest I do know many places – mainly in the tourist areas of Budapest.  And this is right there.  It’s just 5 minutes away from the well known and spectacular Matthias Church.

As Betül, a foreign  friend of mine, is leaving Hungary after studying for two years at the Semmelweis Medical University, I thought I should invite her to do something interesting. During her two years in Budapest she hardly had any rest.  She studied day and night with amazing persistence. When she was not at school, she was studying from her medical books in her room. No wonder her results are excellent.

So, I asked her to join me on this unusual tour in what used to be a hospital but is now a museum.

It was a shocking and, at the same time, touching experience for both of us. After we left, we were moved by what we’d seen and heard there.

The museum can only be visited with a guide; it isn’t possible to just walk around as it’s difficult to navigate in the underground tunnels.

A guided tour departs every hour during opening hours, both in English and Hungarian. It’s great, as the guide reveals many interesting stories but you only have about an hour there.

I would have liked to have stayed longer to read all the notices on the walls, look at all the wax figures, the devices, tools and equipment and just to think about the professional and volunteer medical personnel, the casualties and those who never left the hospital alive.

What really touched me was a picture on the wall showing a family. The daughter was born in the cave during the uprising in 1956. The mother was probably surrounded by the wounded and dying when she gave birth to her daughter.

As it is not allowed to take photos inside, here is one at the entrance – Betül and me after the tour.

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About the authors: Virág and János

Virág, a native of Budapest, and János, who’s been living in the city since 1997 are real fans of the capital of Hungary and try to awake the enthusiasm of others. They are dedicated to helping tourists to make most out of their stay.

Here you can read more about them: http://katonaapartments.hu/